"Iron Man" is a sports event which takes place in Klagenfurt every year.
The Iron Man competition in Klagenfurt is a part of the Iron Man World
event, the World Triathlon Corporation. The competitors have the chance
to qualify for the Iron Man competition in Hawaii.
The first "Iron Man" in Austria was held with 124 competitors in the
year 1998. In 2005 already 2.000 competitors from 43 nations took part.
The competition became so popular that since the year 2005, the
Austrian TV station "ORF" shows a three hours program about the event
The winner receives 50.000 USD.
The Iron Man competition became a very important tourism attraction for
the city of Klagenfurt. In the year 2004, 40.000 over night stays were
counted during the event.